Culled by Whitney Meyerhoeffer, AMHCA Director of State Chapter Relations
January 2016

2016 Marks the 40th Anniversary of AMHCA
Watch our 40th Anniversary AMHCA Playlist on Youtube from Past President Dr. Stephen Giunta.

AMHCA Advocacy Update
President’s New Gun Rules Alter HIPAA
On January 6, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These final rules make explicit that certain HIPAA-covered entities may disclose certain information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a national data system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct background checks on persons who may be disqualified from receiving firearms based on prohibited categories under state or federal law. The FBI reports that more than 2 million guns sales have been prevented since NICS was created in 1998, and most records in the database come out of state civil court systems and are not protected by HIPAA. The information that would be disclosed would include the identities of individuals who are subject to a federal “mental health prohibitor” that disqualifies them from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.
AMHCA will continue pressing for inclusion of our Medicare provider status bill in the broader “Murphy bill.” The most effective way to make this happen is to generate more grassroots messages to congressional offices urging cosponsorship of our Medicare provider status bill (S. 1830/HR. 2759). Congressional offices tell us they need to hear more support from their constituents for these bills. AMHCA members should continue to use our action alert and resources to prepare grassroots messages in support of Medicare recognition.

AMHCA 2016 Annual Conference Registration is Now Open!
Preconference Workshops
Accelerated Resolution Therapy – with Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA and Diego Hernandez, PhD
The Nature, Causes and Management of Suicidal Behavior and Related Disorders – Thomas Joiner, PhD

Keynote Speakers
Thomas Joiner, PhD
Maureen Duffy, PhD

Conference Workshops
Art Therapy and Expressive Arts in Therapy in Trauma-Informed Practice and Integrative Approaches to Health – with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT
Workplace Mobbing and School Bullying – with Maureen Duffy, PhD